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Sen. Cruz: Time for Biden Admin To Prioritize Health and Safety of Americans Over Open Borders Agenda

March 16, 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - As President Biden's reversal of immigration policies and refusal to enforce immigration laws continues to exacerbate the crisis on our southern border, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas today conceded: "We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years."

Now, the Biden administration is dumping these migrants at the feet of state and local officials.

With more children being held in Customs and Border Protection holding facilities than ever before, locations in Midland and Dallas are being forced to house thousands of unaccompanied minors.

This rush to the border has serious ramifications for both the health and safety of Americans.

As Texans continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Times has reported that in Harlingen, Texas, illegal immigrants are testing positive for coronavirus at a rate more than seven times the current positivity test rate for the U.S. public.

Today, Axios reported that four individuals arrested at the southern border have matched names on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database.

This is a worsening humanitarian crisis, and the American people deserve answers. That's why Sen. Cruz today announced he and Sen. Cornyn will be leading his Senate colleagues in a tour of the Texas-Mexico border. There they'll participate in a roundtable with local stakeholders.

Bottom Line: The crisis that is unfolding at the border is the direct result of the Biden administration's brazenly irresponsible and deeply unserious immigration policy. Sen. Cruz is calling on President Biden to reverse course and reinstitute border policies that put the health and safety of the American people first.

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